Synthese 191 (13):3009-3026 (2014)

Kevin Davey
University of Chicago
Some philosophers have recently argued that contrary to the traditional view, good scientific theories can in fact be logically inconsistent. The literature is now full of case-studies that are taken to support this claim. I will argue however that as of yet no-one has managed to articulate a philosophically interesting view about the role of logically inconsistent theories in science that genuinely goes against tradition, is plausibly true, and is supported by any of the case studies usually given
Keywords Inconsistency  Scientific theories  Philosophy of science  Justification
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-014-0470-x
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